The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) delegation has attended a conference at Brookings Institute in the U.S. following a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon. The delegation has been in the U.S. for a couple of days now for a series of meetings.
Asked by Turkish journalists about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who said military operations would end if PKK laid arms down, BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş said: “We would no doubt appreciate the ending of violence on both sides but the Prime Minister should make clearer statements if he intends to call for a ceasefire.”
Demirtaş evaluated Turkey’s policy on Syria as an attempt to prevent the independence of Kurds after the fall of Assad’s regime, noting that “Turkey urges the Syrian National Council to avoid promising any kind of political status for Kurds”.
Asked about the current situation in Iraq and KRG President Massoud Barzani’s statements about a possible referendum, Demirtaş said that “The Iraqi people’s demand for a new status should be ensured through peaceful ways as this issue would otherwise bring about the risk of leading to more bloody regional wars and ethnical conflicts in consideration of the current developments in Syria, Iraq and Iran.”
In his speech at the conference at Brookings Institute in Washington, BDP co-chair underlined that “the Kurdish question is a problem not between Turks and Kurds but between the state policies and the Kurdish people who have been subject to assimilation and denial of their identity. The problem should be solved through democratic and peaceful ways and dialogue and negotiations, noted Demirtaş and added that “Turkey should come up with a solution to the Kurdish problem if it really intends to be more effective in regional policies and serve the peace in the region.”
Demirtaş also pointed out that Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is a reality in Turkey and the Middle East and also an actor the Turkish state should get in contact with if it is genuine about a solution of the Kurdish problem.
Speaking after Demirtaş, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Ahmet Türk underlined that both Kurds and Turks would get over the spiral of violence if the fair and right demands of the Kurdish people were met by the Turkish state.
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